Michael Bay Might Not Direct 'Transformers 5'

Jonathan Liebesman has to be the first pick... right?

bayfeatIn a new USA Today piece focusing on the great year Michael Bay is having given the films he's produced -- The Purge: Anarchy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- and directed (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and his new television show on TNT ("The Last Ship") and at the very end it says he "believes he will pass the baton for future Transformers movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere."

"There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make," Bay told USA Today, which adds that he is eying a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. "I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles," Bay added.

Bay's Platinum Dunes will also be releasing Ouija later this year and Project Almanac next year along with an undisclosed new television show next year, but to think of Transformers without him at the helm is to wonder who would pick up the mantle.

The obvious choice is Jonathan Liebesman who just directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Bay's Platinum Dunes and previously directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning for the production company. Liebesman has a similar eye for cartoonish destruction and would serve as almost a seamless transition, though I do wonder if he has a similar penchant for American flags, something of a prerequisite for the Transformers films now.

As of now Transformers 5 doesn't have a release date, but Ehren Kruger is back writing the script.

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  • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

    Not that i'd see it anyway but what about Favreau?

    • http://zissousociety.org Kingsley_Zissou

      It's probably dumb of me to hope that Favreau makes more small, personal films like Chef in his career, isn't it?

      • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

        If Aronofsky is making big budget films then i'd say it's unlikely.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      Cowboys & Aliens is a complete train wreck disaster, though given the parallels in Chef to Favreau's own career, I'm guessing he might not feel much more fond of C&A than I do. Would he really want to get back on that horse now?

      • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

        only one way to find out, twitter him.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

          Haha indeed, but you'll have to take one for the team and do it for us since I'm not on twitter.

          • http://www.ohbrotherwhereartthougifts.com andyluvsfilms

            We'll need a third party, he hasn't forgiven me for my Iron Man 2 appraisal.

      • Aleric

        C&A was a good movie, too many internet haters and judgment of the movie BEFORE it even came out soured the waters.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

          I did watch it though, and I went into the movie hoping to like it. My opinion of the movie being terrible is based on me watching it in the theater and having a terrible time.

          • Aleric

            When I saw it there were a lot of people that clapped and laughed at all the right parts and no one said anything negative about it. Watched it three times in the theater, and each time those coming out did not have negative comments. personal opinons vary.
            I loved JC and also watched it multiple times and it like C&A was ravaged by internet review LONG before it came out which killed the attendance.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

              Exactly on JC, that's why I brought it up. Yeah I don't begrudge anyone for liking C&A, I just really really didn't. And the plotline of Chef makes me wonder how Jon Favreau feels about movies like Iron Man 2 and C&A.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I immediately read this headline as "Michael Bay wants a bigger salary and greater percentage of back-end profits for Transformers 5 so he's threatening to not direct it."

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    Makes a kind of sense, I could feel Bay's boredom when I was watching AoE.

    But Liebesman proved with Battle: Los Angeles he in fact cannot do Bayhem.............so he couldn't make it work. No one can do a Bay film so probably best thing to do would be to change tack with the script and move back to more conventional action.

    You could try Stephen Sommers maybe though. He still doesn't have Bay's nature but he does know how to do cartoon style action.

  • ⌬ Major Omniscient ⌬

    Drop Bay and do a complete reboot......and this time make it something that the fans of the cartoon and toys from the '80's can recognize and appreciate.

  • m1

    I think Steven Spielberg or Alfonso Cuaron should direct. Then there would actually be a reason to see them.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

      Alfonso Cuaron, now that would be interesting. Steven Spielberg on the other hand...I think Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is worse than every Michael Bay movie I've seen. Granted that's one movie out of a huge filmography, but it seems like he's had more misses than hits of late.

      • http://crimsondude.tumblr.com James Meiers

        Spielberg already made the piss-poor decision to hire Bay to direct Transformers. I'd rather he not be involved at all in anything else at this juncture.

      • m1

        There's no way Crystal Skull is worse than Revenge of the Fallen. I think Spielberg could do fine.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

          I do get out on a technicality here; I said Crystal Skull is worse than every Bay movie I've seen, and I never watched RotF ;) Only Transformers 1 and Age of Extinction.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Michael Bay directing a documentary?? What about the explosions?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      It could be a documentary about explosions...............;)

    • Dimitris Tsi

      He could explode those elephants, you know, just for fun..

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    He said the same thing after Dark of the Moon, so I'll believe it when I see it.

    There'd be no way for him to top Age of Extinction anyway. He delivered all he could. It's best that he walk away now.

  • Paul Hennen

    John Favreau would be a good choice. But I'll believe this when it happens...Michael Bay half-talked about not directing "Dark Of THe Moon," and then decided to stay on for "Age of Extinction" now were 2 movies later and the same thing. About as believable as Uwe Boll stopping making films (well, at least InTheNameOfTheKing3 was better than most sci-fi TV movie fare)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ Michael

    "Michael Bay Modern Fellini" is a phrase that appeared on John Oliver last night.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/phil5150/ phil5150

    Zack Snyder?

  • Aleric

    Its too late, Bay has already crapped all over the Transformers cannon that only a REBOOT would set things right.